Friday, July 5, 2013


Happy Friday Everyone!

This week's classic vintage cocktail is a South-East Asian drink that was developed sometime before 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon, a Hainanese bartender working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel Singapore. It was initially called the gin sling, - a sling was originally an American drink composed of spirit and water, sweetened and flavored.

It too also has a unique history all its own in terms of evolution over the years. In the Fine Art of Mixing Drinks it is noted that of all the recipes published for this drink, no one has ever seen any two alike. The "original recipe" was noted as mixing two measures of gin with one of cherry brandy and one of orange, pineapple and lime juice. An alternative "original recipe" used gin, cherry heering, benedictine, and fresh pineapple juice, primarily from Sarawak pineapples which enhances the flavor and creates a foamy top. So if you haven't figured out by now, here is the guest of honor for this week!

Today's Cocktail:


2 oz gin
3/4 oz Cherry Heering
2 tsp Benedictine
2 tsp Cointreau
2 oz pineapple juice
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
2 dashes pomegranate grenadine
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Soda water
  Maraschino cherry for garnish
Pineapple wedge, for garnish
Orange wheel or twist, for garnish

Combine all except soda in an iced shaker. Shake, and strain into a collins or highball glass with a few lumps of ice.
Top with a splash soda water. Garnish with a cherry, a pineapple slice, and orange.



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